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Olivera says he envisages Earth 300 to become an iconic object of its generation, and draws comparisons to the Olympic torch and the Eiffel tower. The reason we’re building a ship is that climate change is a global problem, so it needs a global vehicle,” he says, adding that the oceans are the beating heart of the planet, because they absorb most of the carbon. But he also wanted people to come together in a confined environment, experiencing some sense of adventure and even danger.
“Bonds that are made on a ship are very different from the ones that are made in a static building. When’s the last time you had an adventure inside a building
Olivera, who has a background in the world of luxury and hospitality in Singapore, says the inspiration for Earth 300 came when he was diving in the Maldives and saw its dying corals. He envisages the ship as a way of combining two colliding worlds — luxury and environmentalism.
We want to create a new brand of enlightened explorer, to turn the tide on the way people see the wealthy and show that they can, and should, be leading the way,” he says.
The idea of a luxury research vessel isn’t entirely new. U.S Veteran I Served I Sacrificed I Reget Nothing Personalized Hat Cap. REV Ocean, a similar project hailing from Norway, is a 600-foot long, $350 million superyacht designed to investigate overfishing, climate change and plastic pollution.
Funded by fishing and oil drilling magnate Kjell Inge Røkke, it was supposed to set off in 2022, but the project has been delayed by three to five years due to problems with construction of the ship.
At $700 million, Earth 300’s projected cost is double that of REV Ocean, and Olivera is looking at shipyards in Germany and South Korea for the construction. He says the ship’s preliminary design and naval engineering have been completed, and hopes to be ready for a maiden voyage this decade.
“I think 2025 is possible for us. It’s just a question of the chips falling into place in the next six months or so, once we have the funding package in place,” he says, adding that funding will come from private investors as well as “traditional banking instruments.
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